• Grain Valley graduates ready for life's next phase

  • The 2013 Grain Valley High School graduation ceremony started much like one two years ago.

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  • The 2013 Grain Valley High School graduation ceremony started much like one two years ago.
    However, instead of a moment of silence for those in Joplin who had just experienced an EF-5 tornado, the moment of silence was for those in Moore, Okla. A massive tornado swept through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday destroying homes, business and two elementary schools that were still full of children.
    “Disaster struck in Moore, Okla.,” said Superintendent Roy Moss. “Let’s remember all of those affected by this tornado and all those throughout the country that continue to need emotional comfort and physical support as they move forward with their lives.”
    Parents, friends and faculty members celebrated as 184 members of the 2013 graduating class walked across the stage Tuesday at the Community of Christ Auditorium. There were eight Missouri Bright Flight Scholars and 21 members of the National Honor Society. In addition, eight students graduated summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average); six graduated magna cum laude (3.8 to 3.99 GPA) and eight graduated cum laude (3.7 to 3.79 GPA).
    “We need to move onto the next phase of your lives. We need you to graduate,” Moss said. “We need to you to be ready to take on our responsibilities and jobs in society.”
    Hattie Hayes was selected to be the class speaker. She urged the senior class to not let opportunities pass them by. She said to think about what an absolute “dream life” would be and then work to make that dream happen.
    “Don’t let other people, no matter how much wiser than you they may seem, stop you from chasing your goals,” she said. “If you want to be happy and successful, you have to be just a little naive. You have to ignore the odds and forget the statistics, learn the risks and then set them aside because you get one shot to make your dreams come true.”
    Graduate Tisha Egbert said she is a bit sad about graduation because she is moving away from home. She is attending San Diego State University this fall to major in psychology.
    “I am going to miss my friends and my teachers,” she said. “I think my favorite teacher was Mr. Smith because he was really good. He was also my psychology teacher, so it was a fun class.”
    Graduate Jordan Smith said she feels “overwhelmed” at the thought of graduating. She will be attending MCC-Penn Valley this fall to study nursing.
    “I have been with these people a long time and now, we will all be on our own,” she said. “I think I will miss everything about high school. My friends of course, I will miss, but I think I will miss everything.”

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